Trees and the City…

For the last few months, the branches from the trees on our block have been “kicked off” and thrown to the ground by the trees.  In July, a nice big one fell on my car and caused a little over $1800 worth of damage, I’m still waiting for my deductible to be refunded.

tree1

the branch bounced off the car, putting dents and scratches in the front and side passenger panels…

luckily this one just fell by the side, didn't touch my car.

Last week this little one fell too, luckily it just fell by the side, didn’t touch my car.

There have been other branches falling on other lawns on the block, so the city decided that it was probably time to “trim” the trees.  Upon coming home yesterday, I noticed notices nailed to every tree on the block:

tree cut sign

So knowing what the city’s tree trimmers are capable of, last year they butchered one of my neighbor’s older trees (amazingly it’s grown back) I grabbed my camera yesterday to get some shots of my block and the fall foliage, before the city came in and cut them up:

I love the colors of fall...

I love the colors of fall…

trees postcut 10.22.13

the final look…

sure opens up the view down the street…

So,

HOW YOU DOIN?

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Back to the Pond…

I haven’t watched the “goings on” at Pete’s Pond for a while, since the camera broke down for a few weeks last month, and I’ve been busy working and doing homework from (and attending) the three classes I’m taking, so I decided to check in tonight, and was happy to see some wildlife, got some good screen shots of the morning visitors around 7:30 am (Botswana time).  If you’d like to see the screen shots I’ve taken before, check out my posts from last July.

When I opened the website to the pond, I was “greeted” by a giraffe taking some sips from the water.  I hit the “print screen” button, pasted the shot in the Windows “paint” program, then buffed it up with Photoshop:

giraffe 10.12.13

he/she has good balance with those front legs spread that far apart…

he/she then started to walk away, look at that height...

he/she then started to walk away, look at that height…

I left the screen to process the two pics, and came back to find the camera had zoomed in and the giraffe was looking almost right at it...

I left the screen to process the two pics, and came back to find the camera had zoomed in and the giraffe was looking almost right at it…

I left the screen again to process the close up, came back and was treated to mixture of species: storks, impalas, zebras, and wildebeests...

I left the screen again to process the close up, came back and was treated to mixture of species: storks, impalas, along with a herd of zebras…

I left again to process this shot, came back and they had all left…

That’s about it for now, I’m tired and I need to go feed my cats and fish, so,

HOW YOU DOIN?

ps: since nobody attempted to figure out the challenges from my previous post, no answers will be provided until someone does…